The first week of the second leg of the budget session in Lok Sabha was one of the least productive as proceedings were stalled for five days in a row with BJP insisting on an apology from Rahul and the Opposition seeking a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Adani issue.
Didn’t say anything anti-India, will speak inside Parliament if they allow: Rahul Gandhi
Barring one occasion when the entire Rajya Sabha came together to hail Oscar awards for “Natu Natu” song from the film “RRR” and documentary “The Elephant Whisperers”, even the upper House remained in limbo through the week.
BJP leaders on Rahul Gandhi’s statement: Unfortunately we are at a loss for words
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urged all the MPs to bring the House in order so that the day’s business could be taken up. “You all have been sent by your electorate to take part in proceedings and not for slogan-shouting. I can’t run the house until it is in order,” Birla said before adjourning the House 15 minutes later.
In Rajya Sabha, soon after the listing of papers, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said he had received 11 adjournment notices which were disallowed. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge sought to speak but was not allowed, triggering an uproar by opposition members.
BJP chief spokesperson Anil Baluni said Congress and opposition parties were solely responsible for the current impasse in Parliament. “The statement made by Rahul Gandhi in London was an attack on Indian democracy. People of the country are agitated and so are the parliamentarians,” Baluni said and added, “The MPs not only from BJP but also a section in the opposition are petrified at the language Rahul Gandhi used on foreign soil against sovereignty and integrity of the country.”
He said there is anger across the country and Rahul Gandhi must tender an apology to the nation.
In Rajya Sabha, opposition MPs Neeraj Dangi, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Kumar Ketkar, Syed Naseer Hussain, Amee Yajnik and Santosh Kumar P had given notices to discuss the government’s failure to constitute a JPC on charges of corporate fraud, stock market manipulation and financial mismanagement against the Adani Group.
Notices were also given by Ranjeet Ranjan, KC Venugopal, Sanjay Singh and Pramod Tiwari to discuss the government’s “questionable” role in promoting the business interests of the Adani Group. Dhankhar said Elamaram Kareem has raised a demand to discuss the Hindenburg report on the Adani Group, which has put government deposits in public-sector banks and LIC in danger.